A NICE MURDER FOR MOM
Yaffe, James

(St. Martin's, 1988)

Reviewed by Sue Feder 

Mom's son Dave is an ex-New York police officer turned investigator for the Public Defender of Grand Mesa, Colorado. He's a good detective, but his mother is a better one (in between making him matzo ball soup and a little crazy). When one English professor is arrested for killing another in a seemingly airtight case, Mom ratiocinates the real killer. There's an "end justifies the means" ending with which I am uncomfortable, but Mom's a hoot.

MOM MEETS HER MAKER
Yaffe, James

(St. Martin's, 1990)

Reviewed by Sue Feder 

Dave, former NYC cop, has convinced his secret weapon -- Mom -- to move to Mesa Grande and help him solve more murders. This time he's trying to help the public defender's office keep a young Jewish boy from being convicted of killing a Christian minister just days before Christmas. Mom, of course, solves it. Yaffe manages a tour de force look at the stifling world of the stranger in a strange land -- in this case, the East Coast Jew in Christian middle America, where the hatreds of millennia still run free.

MOM DOTH MURDER SLEEP
Yaffe, James

(St. Martin’s, 1991)

Reviewed by Sue Feder 

The local theater group is putting on their version (in cowboy hats?!) of Macbeth, and tensions are running a little higher than normal for a variety of reasons. So high, in fact, that when the Third Murderer actually does murder Banquo nobody should really be surprised. One of the cast members is arrested and Dave is charged with trying to refute the overwhelming evidence. Mom, of course, saves the day with massive doses of home cooking and common sense.